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Our Affairs have now a universally good appearance. Every thing at home and abroad seems verging towards a happy and permanent period. We are preparing for either War or Peace; for altho we are fully perswaded that our Enemies are wearied beaten and disappoint in despair, yet we shall not presume too much on that belief, and the rather, as it is our fixt determination to admit no terms of...
LS : American Philosophical Society, Harvard University Library; copies: Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères, Library of Congress; copy and transcript: National Archives <York, May 14, 1778: All goes well with us, and we are preparing for either war or peace. Our enemies have fostered doubt about our perseverance, but the enclosed report of Congressional action in rejecting British...
The French Frigate Nimphe Commanded by the Chevalier Senneville returning directly to France I cannot omit so favorable an oppertunity of testifying my esteem in wishing that you may have had a safe and agreeable passage from America to France, and of congratulating you on the present agreeable and promissing aspect of our public Affairs. Previous to the arrival of Mr. Dean with the public...
Copies: American Philosophical Society, Library of Congress Your esteem’d favours of the 21 December per Mr. Dean 12th. February per Capt. Senneville, and 17th of same Month per Capt. Courter, we had the Honor to receive. Agreeable to your request, we have furnished Capt. Courter with every necessary for his Journey to Congress, on which he set out the 7th. Instant, being the second day after...
ALS : University of Pennsylvania Library The return of the Nymph frigate in which Captain Coulter [Courter] came passenger gives me the honor of informing you that the Deane arrivd at Portsmouth the first of May much about which time the Two ships loaded by Mr. Ross on account of Congress got in to this Port. Mr. Simeon Deane landed a fortnight before us so that we were happy to find the whole...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I have inclosed You One Letter I received from Aunt Mecom to forward You. It gave real pleasure to your Friends to hear of your welfare after an account circulated of an attempt on your Invaluable Life tho’ not Effected it was said left You in a languishing condition. Pray God preserve You to return to Your Native country long to enjoy the fruit of your...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Letters of introduction or recommendation, like this one, required no answer and therefore fall into a category of their own. We summarize here a few other such letters that come within the period. On April 10 Etienne Cathalant writes Deane from Marseilles to introduce his son and John Turnbull, of Livingston & Turnbull in Gibraltar, and asks to have the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Vous vous rappellerés que j’ai eu l’honneur de vous parler d’un négociant de Brest, qui se proposoit pour être Le correspondant du congrés dans ce port: j’ai celui de vous adresser Le mémoire qu’il m’a fait parvenir. Je ne le connois pas, mais on m’a assuré qu’il avoit autant de probité que d’intelligence c’est ce dont il ne vous sera pas difficile de vous...
ALS : American Philosophical Society <Hôtel Dauphin, Rue Croix des Petits-Champs, [Paris,] May 14, 1778, in French: Enclosed is a letter given me the other day by M. Holquart, whom I introduced to you. It is to M. Lannouette from his sister, who wants it forwarded as safely as possible because it is important to her. M. Holquart has read it, and assures me that it is about family matters to...
ALS : University of Pennsylvania Library I wrote you two Days ago; but hearing the Vessel is unexpectedly detain’d, I send you a plaintive poetic Piece just publish’d here, which I hope will reach her before she sails. You cannot conceive what Joy the Treaties with France have diffus’d among all true Americans, nor the chagrine they have given to the few interested and slavish Partizans of...